Clarity reaches 50% recruitment milestone for Phase II SABRE prostate cancer trial

SYDNEY, July 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Clarity Pharmaceuticals (ASX: CU6) (“Clarity”, “the Company”), a clinical stage radiopharmaceutical company with a mission to develop next-generation products that improve treatment outcomes for children and adults with cancer, is pleased to announce the Phase II US-based diagnostic 64Cu SAR-Bombesin trial (SABRE NCT05407311)1 for patients with prostate cancer has reached its fifty percent recruitment milestone, with 25 out of 50 participants enrolled and imaged.

SABRE (Copper-64 SAR-Bombesin in Biochemical Recurrence of prostate cancer) is a Phase II Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging trial of participants with PSMA-negative biochemical recurrence (BCR) of prostate cancer following definitive therapy. It is a multi-centre, single arm, non-randomised, open-label trial of 64Cu-labelled SAR-Bombesin in 50 participants. The primary objectives of the trial are to investigate safety and tolerability of the product as well as its ability to correctly detect recurrence of prostate cancer.

Andrei Iagaru, MD, the Lead Principal Investigator for the trial, commented, “We have been working on Bombesin for many years now and I am very excited with the progress of the SABRE trial and the continued exploration and validation of the clinical benefits associated with the SAR-Bombesin agent. It gives hope to clinicians and patients who have no other suitable diagnostic options available due to their cancers having low or no PSMA expression. Being able to visualise the disease can change the entire treatment paradigm for these patients. Once we can see the cancer, clinicians can then find the most suitable therapeutic regiment to maximise treatment outcomes. Based on the promising preclinical and clinical data to date, SAR-Bombesin is an exciting new product for better managing these patients that have few options at present in the face of a devastating diagnosis. We look forward to recruiting the remaining 25 patients in the trial and further analysing the trial data.”

Clarity’s Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, commented, “We continue to build significant positive data on our SAR-Bombesin product. In addition to the SABRE trial, we are actively recruiting participants to our theranostic trial, COMBAT, and have recently finished recruitment into an investigator initiated Phase II diagnostic trial, BOP, with this product. Subject to the outcome of the SABRE trial, Clarity is planning to launch a pivotal Phase III diagnostic trial for first product approval in the US.

“SAR-Bombesin has already resulted in improvements to the management of prostate cancer for patients that are PSMA-negative or have low PSMA expressing tumours and we hope to confirm its safety and efficacy in our clinical programs. We look forward to progressing the development of SAR-Bombesin and potentially providing a large patient population with accurate and precise detection and treatment of their prostate cancer.”

About SAR-Bombesin

SAR-Bombesin is a highly targeted pan-cancer radiopharmaceutical with broad cancer application. It targets the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPr) present on cells of a range of cancers, including but not limited to prostate, breast and ovarian cancers. GRPr is found in approximately 75-100% of prostate cancers, including prostate cancers that don’t express PSMA (PSMA-negative)2-6. The product utilises Clarity’s proprietary sarcophagine (SAR) technology that securely holds copper isotopes inside a cage-like structure, called a chelator. Unlike other commercially available chelators, the SAR technology prevents copper leakage into the body. SAR-Bombesin is a Targeted Copper Theranostic (TCT) that can be used with isotopes of copper-64 (Cu-64 or 64Cu) for imaging and copper-67 (Cu-67 or 67Cu) for therapy.

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men globally and the fifth leading cause of cancer death worldwide7. The American Cancer Institute estimates in 2023 there will be 288,300 new cases of PC in the US and around 34,700 deaths from the disease8.

Approximately 20% of prostate cancers with BCR are PSMA-PET negative9-12. These patients are therefore unlikely to respond to therapeutic PSMA-targeted products and currently have few treatment options available to them. Given the prostate cancer indication is one of the largest in oncology, there is a significant unmet medical need in this segment. The SAR-Bombesin product could offer valuable imaging and therapeutic options for not only PSMA-negative patients, but also the large number of patients that have the target receptor on their cancers.

About Clarity Pharmaceuticals

Clarity is a clinical stage radiopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of serious disease. The Company is a leader in innovative radiopharmaceuticals, developing TCTs based on its SAR technology platform for the treatment of children and adults with cancer.

www.claritypharmaceuticals.com

References

1. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05407311, https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05407311

2. Markwalder R, Reubi JC. Gastrin-releasing peptide receptors in the human prostate: relation to neoplastic transformation. Cancer research. 1999;59(5):1152-1159.

3. Fleischmann A, Waser B, Reubi JC. High expression of gastrin-releasing peptide receptors in the vascular bed of urinary tract cancers: promising candidates for vascular targeting applications. Endocrine-related cancer. 2009;16(2):623-633.

4. Ananias HJ, van den Heuvel MC, Helfrich W, de Jong IJ. Expression of the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor, the prostate stem cell antigen and the prostate-specific membrane antigen in lymph node and bone metastases of prostate cancer. The Prostate. 2009;69(10):1101-1108.

5. Reubi JC, Wenger S, Schmuckli-Maurer J, Schaer JC, Gugger M. Bombesin receptor subtypes in human cancers: detection with the universal radioligand (125)I-[D-TYR(6), beta-ALA(11), PHE(13), NLE(14)] bombesin(6-14). Clin Cancer Res. 2002;8(4):1139-1146.

6. Sun B, Halmos G, Schally AV, Wang X, Martinez M. Presence of receptors for bombesin/gastrin-releasing peptide and mRNA for three receptor subtypes in human prostate cancers. The Prostate. 2000;42(4):295-303.

7. Global Cancer Statistics 2020: GLOBOCAN Estimates of Incidence and Mortality Worldwide for 36 Cancers in 185 Countries, https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21660

8. American Cancer Society: Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

9. Afshar-Oromieh A, Holland-Letz T, Giesel FL, et al. Diagnostic performance of 68Ga-PSMA-11 (HBED-CC) PET/CT in patients with recurrent prostate cancer: evaluation in 1007 patients. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2017 Aug;44(8):1258-1268.

10. Ferraro DA, Rüschoff JH, Muehlematter UJ, et al. Immunohistochemical PSMA expression patterns of primary prostate cancer tissue are associated with the detection rate of biochemical recurrence with 68Ga-PSMA-11-PET. Theranostics. 2020;10(14):6082-6094.

11. Baratto L, Song H, Duan H, et al. PSMA- and GRPR-Targeted PET: Results from 50 Patients with Biochemically Recurrent Prostate Cancer. J Nucl Med. 2021;62(11):1545-1549.

12. Mapelli P, Ghezzo S, Samanes Gajate AM, et al. 68Ga-PSMA and 68Ga-DOTA-RM2 PET/MRI in Recurrent Prostate Cancer: Diagnostic Performance and Association with Clinical and Histopathological Data. Cancers (Basel). 2022;14(2):334.

For more information, please contact:

Clarity Pharmaceuticals

Dr Alan Taylor

Catherine Strong

Executive Chairman

Investor/Media Relations

[email protected] 

[email protected] 

+61 406 759 268

This announcement has been authorised for release by the Executive Chairman.

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